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Grades: 4-6 | Content Areas: Math and Dance
If you want to scare away the majority of adults from a lesson, you’d connect their least favorite subjects: math and dance. From my experience, many educators (myself included) have our own gaps with math and the idea of teaching it heightens our stress levels. By the same token, most adults I know are self-conscious about using their bodies to communicate information – particularly when it comes to […]
At the beginning of this school year, I was planning an arts integration period with three fifth grade teachers. In our school, these are once a week sessions we call HOT Blocks. Classes work with their classroom teacher and me for about nine weeks to learn reading, writing, math or science concepts through art.
I have worked with fifth grade teachers in the past, but I never taught this difficult concept: the phases of the moon. The […]
Grades: 3-5 | Content Areas: Science and Theater
In today’s free arts integration lesson, we’re taking a look at metamorphosis and transformations. Many students cover the idea of metamorphosis in grades K-2 by studying butterflies – how they transform from caterpillar to butterfly. But when you look at the new Next Generation Science Standards in more detail, the idea of true identification, observation and description of the life cycle doesn’t happen until third grade.
One of the […]
Grades: K-2 | Content areas: Reading and Music
We can be inspired by so many different pieces of text, in so many different forms. When I ran across the book Fletcher and the Flying Leaves in our local library, I was intrigued with the topic of a young fox who has never seen the seasons change. As he watches a tree throughout the year, he goes through so many emotions about how the tree will survive. It’s a […]
Grade level: 2-3 | Aligned Standards: Reading and Visual Art
Personification can be a tricky concept for students. Essentially, personification is attaching human attributes to a non-human object. For example think of the images of the “man in the moon”, or the phrase “the candle is dancing in the wind”. Getting our students to not only identify when personification happens, but to actually use it in their own use of language is definitely a higher-order skill.
One important aspect to education that has quickly been pushed aside to make way for more testing is character building. The arts are a great place to house these valuable skills, because we innately build character through arts presentation. Whether stepping on stage for a dance performance, a one-act play, or a music concert, student artists are building their character traits on a daily basis. Highlighting these traits through reflection will help students to make […]
I love using the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte by Georges Seurat. It is a surefire way to engage students– show them the print, and they are moderately interested. Explain the technique of pointillism and how it was used by Seurat, and they are hooked. I was excited to stumble upon a writing lesson using this work of art when searching on TeachersPayTeachers.
Some of my students were struggling with […]
If you missed any of the Studio STEAM-up series, have no fear the recap is here!! This series took a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offered creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus was the secondary national and common core standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in partnership with the national standards for Dance. Keeping in mind that true integration involves linking the standards and assessments for each […]
This is the fifth and final installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we have explored arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This final week is Dance and Math! This was by far the most difficult for me to conceptualize. I’ll be honest, being an artist, the logical progression of math is quite confusing. I guess it’s that whole right brain vs left brain phenomenon. However, there are multiple opportunities […]
This is the fourth installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Dance and the Arts! There are so many opportunities to integrate dance with the arts which makes this so exciting! We will be using the National Core Arts Standards.
NCCAS Media Arts
NCCAS Visual Arts
Media Arts & Dance
Media Arts and Dance can collaborate in many […]
This is the third installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Engineering and Dance! I must admit, as I began the research for this article I ran into quite a struggle. I could not find engineering standards devoted solely to engineering. Maybe that’s because there aren’t many “engineering” classes in K12 but rather an infusing of engineering into other […]
This is the second installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Technology and Dance! Although the first set of ISTE standards were released in 1998, it is still a relatively new subject and often results in the response “Oh I didn’t know there were technology standards”, but then again, I still get that response when it comes to the […]
This is the first installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Science and Dance!
I have to be honest, as and English Language Arts and Dance specialist, I am struggling with the Next Generation Science standards. For example, notice the difference between the Arkansas state standard and the Next Generation standard:
Arkansas State Standard
Strand: Organization of the Human Body
Standard 1: Students […]
Next week will begin my Studio STEAM-up series. This series will take a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offer creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus will be the secondary national and common core standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in partnership with the national standards for Dance. Keeping in mind that true integration involves linking the standards and assessments for each of the disciplines, we will take […]
This is the final installment of my top 10 favorite high school dance lessons. I have tested each of these lessons with my students, the population being inner city students with no previous dance experience. As with any lesson, be sure you take the time to modify the plan so that it fits for your students.
This top 10 list will offer a brief synopsis of each lesson and a downloadable printout of the lesson including […]